Rhyolite Track—Woolshed Creek Hut—Coalmine Track Sunday 3 November 2019

Expecting a 30oC day and after a late-night watching rugby, members stayed away in droves, but a car-load of intrepid trampers headed for Woolshed Creek car park. Off by 10:15am, our leader Norman chose to go up the Rhyolite track in the relative cool of the day. It must have been a mere 29C then!

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Ben More (1665m) in the Big Ben range - Saturday, 26 October 2019

Labour Weekend was approaching with forecasts causing two club trips to be cancelled, as well as my private trip to the West Coast. So I rang around the frustrated trampers and organised a day trip for Saturday, which looked fine.

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Charing Cross - Sunday 6 October 2019

The cars crossed the Hurunui River bridge took the first left through Eyrewell Forest, and kept driving straight all the way to Cascade Creek, near where it joins the Pahau River. We were able to park through a gate, off the road, then, booted-up, climb a winding vehicle track topped with coarse limestone gravel. The area seems to have fine and coarse-grained igneous rock and limestone and has been well studied by geologists. (Click here for Geology notes.)

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Lyndon Saddle – Craigieburn Valley Circuit - Sunday 13 October 2019

Six of us assembled at Church Corner and headed west in two cars. Shi-Ping Wang and Kerry made a pie-stop at Sheffield for a meaty breakfast, then drove on join the others at Springfield and to pick up John.

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Mt Wall, Craigieburn Range – Sunday, 22 September 2019

(Another day trip that went on the planned day AND in almost perfect weather)

This is a classic circuit starting from the tractor shed on the Broken River ski field road, up through the ski field, sidling out to the true right of the basin to gain the top ridge, and travelling south to the gnarly ridge leading back east to Mt Wall. From the peak itself, the piece de resistance is then the fast descent on the scree running ALL the way down to adjacent to the tractor shed.

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